The State Duma has ratified an agreement between the governments of Russia and Belarus on joint logistic support of the united military group of armed forces of the two states. The agreement was signed in Moscow in December 2002. It was developed according to the agreements on creating the Russia-Belarus Union State and on ensuring military security in the region. Some 420 deputies supported the ratification with 2 abstentions.
On September 27, Nord Stream AG announced unprecedented damage that was caused to the company's two gas pipelines that run along the bottom of the Baltic Sea to Germany — Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2